Thoughts on the Second Reading for the Sixth Sunday in Easter

Thoughts on the Second Reading for the Sixth Sunday in Easter

Always be ready to give an explanation
to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope,
but do it with gentleness and reverence,
keeping your conscience clear,
so that, when you are maligned,
those who defame your good conduct in Christ
may themselves be put to shame.
For it is better to suffer for doing good,
if that be the will of God, than for doing evil. 1 Peter 3:15-17 In the first line of the text above, behind the word for explanation is the Greek apologia. This means defense, a tougher word than explanation, which is given in the official translation.  Explanation tends to be self-referential.  One might have adopted the Christian faith from expediency, from the pressures of life’s unexpected events.  What Peter means, ...
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Thoughts on the First Reading for the Fifth Sunday in Easter

The word of God continued to spread,
and the number of the disciples in Jerusalem increased greatly;
even a large group of priests were becoming obedient to the faith.
Acts 6:7 The sixth chapter of Acts has as its subject the mission of ...
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Paley, Darwin, and the Future

The fifth way is taken from the governance of the world. We see that things which lack knowledge, such as natural bodies, act for an end, and this is evident from their acting always, or nearly always, in the same ...
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/ Dr. Patrick, Text&Talk

Thoughts On Easter

The Gift of Life For you have died,
and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
And you too will appear with Him in Glory

I Corinthians 5:8      Sunday is a Roman name, the day of the unconquerable sun, ...
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/ Dr. Patrick, Thoughts on Gospel

Thoughts on the Second Reading for the Fifth Sunday in Lent

Painting by Alexander Clemens His Spirit Dwelling In You Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
But you are not in the flesh;
on the contrary, you are in the spirit,
if only the Spirit of God dwells ...
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God’s Design and the Race We Run

He saved us and called us to a holy life,
not according to our works
but according to His own design
and the grace bestowed on us in Christ Jesus before time began,
but now made manifest
through the appearance of our savior Christ Jesus,
who ...
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/ Dr. Patrick, Thoughts on Gospel

Plagues

You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day,
Nor the pestilence that strikes in darkness

Psalm 91:5 To understand the evil of which plague and pestilence are species one must begin with Genesis One, ...
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/ Dr. Patrick, Text&Talk

Thoughts on the Gospel for the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Body as Temple Brothers and sisters
Do you not know that your bodies
are the temple of God
Because the Holy Spirit dwells in you?
1 Corinthians 3:16 In the beginning God intended to be with us, for He came down to walk in ...
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/ Dr. Patrick, Thoughts on Gospel

Thoughts on the Gospel for the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Delivered From Death Since the children share in flesh and blood
He Himself likewise partakes of the same nature,
that through death He might destroy him
who has the power of death, that is, the devil,
and deliver all those ...
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/ Dr. Patrick, Thoughts on Gospel